In the fall of 1969, Jerry Savage (Sylvester Stallone), a student anti-war activist, leaves college to join a radical terror cell planning to blow up the NYC skyscraper housing the offices of a defense contractor that manufactures torture cells during the still-raging fiasco called the Vietnam War.  All the while Jerry is being pursued by the FBI and seduced by kinky belly-dancer Estelle Ferguson, a member of the cell.

When he meets and falls in love with jewelry-maker/flower child Laurie Fisher, she is dead-set against his tactics.  She believes the violence in our world can be stopped only through the power of love, not more violence.  It is the resolution of this dialectic that ultimately determines Stallone’s tragic fate.